Pilates or the Pilates Method is a fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates.
Pilates called his method Contrology, because he was convinced that his mental faculties use the exercises for muscle control. The focus of the method lies in the muscles that keep the body in the correct balance state and support the spine.
Pilates developed his method during the First World War with the intention of the rehabilitation program for war veterans to improve.
Due to his belief that mental and physical health are intertwined, he ordered a number of exercises where the emphasis on precise controlled movements that lay the wounded soldiers had to help their health to be found and their main muscles.
Like yoga, Pilates places emphasis on the principles: centricity, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breathing and flowing movements.
The Pilates Method was usually taught by specialized i nstructors who have a fairly high price for their lessons. Today, Pilates and more generally you can take lessons in a larger gym at normal rates.
Many of the exercises are not recommended for pregnant women.